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Programmers Become Like Computers Themselves: What It Means for the Future of Software Development

Written By Michael Ferrara

Created on 2022-11-28 20:48

Published on 2022-12-08 13:48

Today’s software developers spend more time than ever before combing through code, debugging it, and fixing mistakes. It’s not unusual for a new program to have a bug every couple of lines – if you add up all the corrections from throughout the project. With the software industry growing at an unprecedented rate, companies are constantly on the lookout for ways to streamline their processes. One of the most popular ways to do this is by automating as much as possible and removing the need for human input wherever possible. In this article, we take a look at how programmers are becoming like computers themselves. We also explore what it means for the future of software development and some of the implications it has on both employers and employees in this industry.

What does it mean for programmers to ‘become like computers’?

When we say that programmers are becoming like computers themselves, it’s meant in the literal sense. Programmers are becoming more like machines and less like humans. As they become more automated, they require less oversight, are more efficient, and can produce more work in less time. This is not just a trend that is happening in the programming field – programmers are becoming more like computers across the board. Some of the ways that automation has affected the programming field include:

Continuous Integration

When you have a team of programmers working on one project, it can be difficult to keep track of the progress being made. This is especially true with large groups where you may have people working on different aspects of the same project but in different locations. To combat this, software development companies are now adopting the practice of Continuous Integration. This is where the programmers working on the project must integrate their code with the rest of the team’s code at regular intervals. This means that the progress being made by each programmer is always visible to the rest of the team. Having all of the code visible to everyone on the team, it also means that you can easily spot mistakes and incorrect code. This is where automation comes into play because you can use software to find these errors automatically and flag them for the team.

Automated Software Testing

Another field where automation is becoming more common is software testing. As with many other fields in the modern software development process, software testing is becoming increasingly automated. In the past, software testing was a fairly manual process that involved a programmer sitting down and manually testing the software they had just written. Nowadays, more and more software testing is being done automatically. Software engineers are able to use various programming languages like Python to write automated tests that can be run against their software. This makes it much easier to test a larger number of features and test them more quickly. When writing automated tests, software engineers are often encouraged to follow a “test pyramid”. This means that you should focus on writing automated tests for the core functionality of your software and not the “bells and whistles”.


The software industry is growing at an unprecedented rate. With this rise in demand for software, comes an increased demand for programmers. This means that software engineers are becoming busier than ever before. To cope with this increase in workload, programmers are becoming more automated as well. They are spending less time actually writing code and more time fixing bugs and improving pre-existing code. This means that programmers are becoming more like computers themselves – they’re spending more time processing data and less time “thinking” like humans.

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